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Comets fall to GW 35-3 in season finale

DANVILLE — Tears dotted the eyes of Halifax County High School senior defensive standout Galontre Thaxton as he pulled off his Comets jersey for the final time.

The Comets had run into a juggernaut of a GW team and had lost a tough 35-3 contest to their archival on what was the final night of the season for the Comets.

"It was a heartbreaker for me," Thaxton explained, "but we played hard. I love these guys and they do everything I ask from them. I'm mad that we lost the game, but I'm glad we had a great year."

GW got the upper hand on the Comets early, taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and expanding it to a 21-0 edge at halftime.

The Eagles scored on their first three possessions of the game, with quarterback Demontae Ballard scoring on touchdown runs of one yard and 20 yards in the first quarter.

Running back Travis Jones scored on a 6-yard run with 6:53 left in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 21-0 lead at halftime.

The Comets appeared to be headed for a score on their ensuing possession, driving from their own 30-yard line to the Eagles' 16-yard line in nine plays. But, on a fourth-down play, Jones blocked a 33-yard field goal attempt by the Comets' Jason Dennis with two minutes left in the half, allowing GW to preserve its lead.

GW scored on its third possession of the second half, with Jones scoring on a 4-yard run with 11:53 left in the game to give the Eagles a 28-0 lead.

The Eagles' Malik Clements picked off a pass by Comets quarterback Tyler Stephens on the first play of the Comets' possession after the touchdown, and the Eagles needed only two plays to produce another touchdown. Khalil Hairston scored on a 20-yard run to put GW up 35-0 with 11:05 left in the game.

The Comets answered with a seven-play scoring drive capped by a 25-yard field goal by Dennis with 6:05 left in the game that produced the 35-3 final score.

"They are a very good team," Comets Head Coach Michael Roark said of GW, which clinched the Western Valley District championship and a home game next week in the first round of the Northwest Region playoffs.

"They (GW) are a good defensive team and you can't make mistakes like we did.

"The kids played their hearts out, " added Roark.

"I just hate to see this for these kids. This game really meant a lot to our seniors. They have built a foundation for us to build on for next year."